Ceiling Ideas (Part 2)

We spent a little time looking this-a-way last Thursday…

We spent a little time looking that-a-way too…

Mr. P always gets a little worried when we get to these kinds of things…

…but I cheered him on from below…

…as he as he drew a close enough-style line…

Woo hoo! It worked!

Only four more packs of planks to go!

PS- For more info on the wood planks we’re using on our ceiling, check out this post: Ceiling Ideas

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  1. says

    Layla, you look great even when you’re working! :-)

    I love these pics.. they’re really cool and the ceiling is looking fantastic.

    Lots of love to you.


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    • Layla says

      Why thank you Luciane. You’re very sweet! :-)
      We’re super stoked about the new ceiling planks too! I had hoped to be finished by now, but we’re heading out to shoot our pilot this week, so I guess finishing it will have to wait ’til next month- LOL! 😀

  2. says

    The ceiling is looking awesome! Love the idea – really impressed with the product you are using…thanks for sharing! Best of luck with everything in Atlanta and with your new pilot show. Smiles ~ Sharon

    • Layla says

      Thank you Sharon! We’re happy with the ceiling plank product too…SO glad it’s so inexpensive! 😀
      And thank you for the well wishes on our pilot shoot too…we’re really looking forward to making over that living room!

    • Layla says

      LOL! Yep- we use the dining table as a ladder, and that little accent table as a nail gun holder! 😀

    • Layla says

      Thank you Debbie! I don’t know that we’d use the word ‘talented’, but we’re definitely determined to get that ceiling up once and for all! 😀

  3. says

    You two are just so cute – great picture story and I can’t wait to see the reveal! I love planked ceilings! Enjoy the pilot shoot! Looking forward to hearing the details!

    • Layla says

      Thank you! And we’ll be blogging about the whole pilot shooting adventure starting this Thursday…can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

  4. says

    Do you think this would work in covering up an ugly 1976 popcorn ceiling that someone painted over, sealing it forever??

    • Layla says

      Yes! A commenter named Kathy posted this on our Ceiling Ideas post:

      Kathy says:
      Sep 5, 2011 at 8:17 am
      We hung it over a yucky popcorn ceiling. We started by finding the joists in the ceiling and screwing furring strips into them. That way we could use the pneumatic finished nail gun to hang the actual boards. We have also used this product in our bathrooms, on the walls this time, to hide damaged drywall. It works if you hang it vertical and horizontal, because I cannot ever do anything the same twice!

        • says

          I don’t think there’s any reason why you can’t shoot a finish nail straight into the joist without the furring strips. If you use 2″ finish nails it should clear 1/2″ wood and 3/4″ drywall and still have enough hold in the joist. Even if you shoot on an angle through the tongue of the board like this.

          Just a thought that may save you the time of installing furring strips.

  5. says

    lovin your pics :)

    hoping you will get to trying it on the popcorn ceiling soon, I am on pins and needles waiting to see if it works!

  6. Kim in MD says

    I love the ceiling, Layla! You and Kevin are so cute in these pics working together! Best of luck with the new show!

  7. Rhonda says

    Ceiling looks great! I absolutely cannot wait to see your pilot adventure!! Please keep us posted! I must admit I’m a little sad…I know you guys are going to be a big hit and then all of us out in blogland will miss out on your incredibly adorable lettered cottage redos. I’m super excited for you two though, keep up the good work :)

    • Layla says

      Well, thank you Rhonda, but there’s no guarantee the show will be picked up, and don’t worry- we love workin’ on our own abode, and I love bloggin’ too much to ever stop the redo party here on TLC.net! 😀

  8. says

    I love the plank ceiling. I’m hoping to be brave enough to do that in my kitchen. But out ceiling is awkward, not sure about how I would transition to the living room. But we did do a plank wall in our living room. And your spring mantel was inspiration on how do decorate my mantel. I just posted pics on my blog, I’m new to this, but things have been fun so far :) Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the good work.

  9. says

    Comin’ right along! All that hard work will be a beautiful payoff. So much better that the boring white drywall ceilings we have.

  10. says

    LOVE it! :) Don’t ya just love your nail gun…don’t know how we lived without one for so long! I would love to have planks on my ceiling….maybe I can do that in my master bath re-do. (someday..sigh)
    I’ve been working on building a window seat in my dining room…I’m SO excited about it! woo hoo! It’s lookin’ good!
    Love ya lady!

  11. Tina says

    Just love the storyline of putting this ceiling up… Too cute.. It is looking great and will be worth the wait…

  12. Emily Morrison says

    It looks amazing!! I’m definitely going to tackle that project some day in our kitchen! :-)

  13. Belinda says

    Layla, I love your creative decorating ideas! I thought of you and Kevin recently while perusing Craigslist – a man has wood from several bowling alley lanes listed for sale. I know you two would do something fabulous with it!

  14. says

    It’s looking great. Anyone who looks that good installing a ceiling should definitely have a TV show!

    Even though this isn’t the final “after” picture, I thought I’d ask since it may be a while until we see the final result… you mentioned you’re using “Moonlight White” on the planks. Is this the same color of white you used on your wood shelving wall and trim, or are you going for different shades of white? Is there a color you use consistently for your windows, trim, etc? I’m planning a white wood ceiling and I don’t know if it’s too much of the same if it matches the wood wall, or if it should be a different shade. Thanks for any insight!

    • Layla says

      Hi Kit!

      Right now the trim and “wonder wall” are painted two different shades of white, but we’ll be painting it all Moonlight White after we finish the ceiling.
      It’s our favorite white! 😀

  15. Tabitha says

    This looks great! We actually just did this in our kitchen, and added 2 beams. We had a crack that we thought wouldn’t be visible under a beam, but realized it was too wide and would look silly. So we planked the ceiling and did a light white paint… I LOVE IT. You’ll love yours too :).

  16. kelly in georgia says

    Ohhh this makes my neck hurt just looking at your photos! I can’t even PAINT the ceilings without neck and shoulder strain, so I know you guys are VERY determined to be doing wood up there. It will be gorgeous when it is all done. Wish I could help you out with your pilot, especially since we will be moving our oldest child to Atlanta then – but getting a place set up for a 23 year old to live in could be a show unto itself!!
    Does your show have a name yet??????

  17. says

    I told my husband what you’re doing with your ceiling and he liked the idea. I think we’re going to do it in our living room. We’ve been looking for a solution. Thanks for sharing!

  18. says

    You guys are so awesome & inspiring. I have been following your blog for a while now. We just bought a fixer upper house out in the country & I am so glad that you’ve given me awesome ideas & the courage to try them!

  19. says

    Great post. Are these panel packs the ones that are available at Lowe’s? I’ve been thinking of doing something similar to my ceilings. I can’t wait to see it all done.

  20. says

    I love the ceiling. We (my neighbor and I) just finished 1200 sq ft in my basement. We had estimates of $40,000.00 and we did it ourselves for $16,000.00! That includes a small kitchenette for the kids, an office/bedroom, a bathroom, and a large livingroom/gaming room. We are enjoying the heck out of it. The greatest satisfaction comes from knowing we did it ourselves (with some hired help for electrical, major plumbing and drywall).

    Your posts inspire us and keep us thinking of ways we could change other rooms in our house. The garage is up next!

  21. Cheryl siciliano says

    you two are amazingly cute and I love love love the beautiful work you do. You are inspiring me and driving my husband crazy!

  22. Carmen says

    We are about to do this to the ceiling in our dining room! Thanks for the idea! What color did you paint your planks? We have white wainscoting and a light green wall color. What do you recommend? So excited about the new pilot!